Nobody said it was going to be easy, but figuring out how to tackle Cincinnati's child poverty crisis is turning out to be even more daunting than expected.
Mayor John Cranley's child poverty collaborative is being moved back. A chart explained all the different federal government anti-poverty programs, more than 80 of them, spending a trillion dollars a year. Trying to navigate it, trying to explain it and understand it is like a roll of the dice. That was one reason why Mayor Cranley's task force on child poverty called the Child Poverty Collaborative, will not have its proposals ready by the mayor's original goal of June 30, 2016.
Cranley said, "It has to have public buy-in. We're not going to have the recommendations until September or October because we're going to have to do a lot of public engagement and listen to people who are actually transitioning from poverty back to work."
In his State of the City speech in October 2015, the mayor announced an extremely ambitious goal of getting 10,000 children out of poverty in the local area in five years. But how do people come up with new proposals on a subject which has already been studied to death? For the past two years, the youth commission has been investigating issues about the city's children and teens, including poverty, and will be making recommendations in the summer. The study started well before the mayor's task force was even a concept.
Executive director Lynn Marmer said, "I think what you're going to find is there are lots of good pockets of data, UC, XU have done an amazing job doing a study for the Community Action Commission and that one is working its way through city hall, so the opportunity for us is to try to pull all those pieces together and come up with a coherent profile."
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